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School of Law records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 132

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, development files, office files, faculty files and publications, gender statistics, photographs, and Wayne Morse Chair files including correspondence, reports, office files and visiting scholar information.

Material is organized by accession and includes the following material: (lists are not comprehensive)

Accession 10060.A: contains reports of editor in chief and correspondence of the editor, Charles G. Howard, related to policies, 1929-1944.

Accession 11079.A: contains office and Wayne Morse Chair files, correspondence, donor files, and visits, 1977-1983.

Accession 1996.220.A: Report of the Committee for Evaluation of the Dean of the School of Law, 1991.

Accession 1996.320.A: contains reports, 1979-1986.

Accession 1996.696.A: contains Wayne Morse Chair and Fred Friendly files, and office files, 1979-1987.

Accession 1996.807.A: contains reports, 1983- 1992.

Accession 1998.71.A: Report of a Study of Habitual Criminal Offenders in Oregon, 1966-1971.

Accession 1998.8.A: contains Dean's reports to President and Status of Women at UO Committee records (1971-72), 1948-1979.

Accession 2002s.184.A: contains photographs, 1973-1990;

Accession 2002s.38.A: contains faculty and Dean files, faculty activities records, minutes, affirmative action files and reports, clippings, conference and committee records, moot court trial records, meeting records of Alumni Association and Oregon State Bar association, 1918-1992.

Accession 10987.A: contains Wayne Morse Chair files, including inventories of the Wayne Morse collection, donor files, trips, benefits and dinners, publicity, correspondence, and office files, 1974-1981.


  • 1918-1997


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections & University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Permanent University Archive public records are available for research, and are subject to state, and in some cases federal freedom of information laws. In compliance with applicable state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, FERPA and HIPAA, specific records that are legally protected, sensitive, private, or confidential are exempt (not subject to disclosure) and closed to protect individual privacy.

Access to paper records will be granted after a professional review of the records occurs based on regulations in state and federal laws. Contact Special Collections & University Archives well in advance in order to access these records.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

The University of Oregon School of Law was founded in 1884 in Portland, Oregon, operating out of rented offices on 2nd and Yamhill. In 1906, the course of study was expanded to three years, and in April 1915, the University’s Board of Regents ordered that the program be moved to Eugene as part of a consolidation program within the university.

The School of Law's Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics has been active since 1980. Chairholders are public figures and scholars from a variety of disciplines. Morse Chair Professors give major public addresses, teach courses, meet with students and community groups, and participate in various other relevant public and private events. A generous gift from Ed Conklin, a former colleague of Morse when he was a labor arbitrator, allowed the university to expand the activities of the Morse Chair Professor by creating the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics is dedicated to education and public discussion of timely issues in law and politics. The Center invites distinguished scholars and advocates to the University of Oregon to carry on the tradition of Wayne Morse. In 2010, the Wayne Morse Center celebrated its tenth anniversary, as well as the thirtieth anniversary of the Wayne Morse Chair.

Sources: UO Law School webpages:


34.75 linear feet (26 containers)

Language of Materials



The University of Oregon School of Law was founded in 1884, the Wayne Morse Chair was created in 1980, and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics was created in the year 2000. The collection contains records that document the functions, activities, and people of the Law School, the Wayne Morse Chair, and the Morse Center for Law and Politics.


Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.


Continued transfers of records from the School of Law are expected indefinitely.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to the School of Law at Special Collections and University Archives include: University Archives alphabetical subject files, UA Ref 1; University Archives photographs, UA Ref 3; University Archives publications, UA Ref 4; University Archives alphabetical subject single files, UA Ref 6.

Special Collections and University Archives holds multiple collections relating to Wayne L. Morse, including the Wayne L. Morse papers, Coll 001.

Physical Description

22 record storage boxes, 3 manuscript boxes, and 1 half manuscript box.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, March 2012.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.

Guide to the School of Law Records
Revise Description
Tanya Parlet
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA